Right on the heels of the Minnesota State High School League’s celebration of 100 years of state basketball tournaments the past two weeks, robots and their makers take the court on Friday and Saturday, March 30 and 31, competing in the largest regional event in the country conducted by FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Minnesota.
“Rebound Rumble” is the name of the 2012 competition that involves high school students around the country, including Hutchinson High School students. There are 128 teams competing in the concurrent double-regional tomorrow and Saturday at Williams Arena and Mariucci Arena on the University of Minnesota Minneapolis campus. All but eight of those teams are from communities throughout Minnesota.
These regionals, as well as a third regional already held March 9 and 10 in Duluth, will determine the 24 teams that will qualify for the inaugural state robotics tournament sponsored by the Minnesota State High School League on May 19 at Williams Arena.
The high school teams have designed and created robots for “Rebound Rumble” that must shoot basketballs through hoops of varying heights within a limited time frame to score points. Seeding matches will be conducted 9 a.m. to noon both Friday and Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. on Friday. The final rounds of competition are scheduled 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.
The double regional is free and open to the public.